Write Wild - Help Manitoba's Reindeer This Christmas!
Submitted by sven on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 00:06
“Did you know that caribou are key indicators of the health of a forest? However, the species is endangered. Their population is decreasing due to habitat loss. To help them, send a letter to government asking for habitat protection. Pass this letter-writing tool on to everyone you know to help spread the word."
This is the message that was crafted at the 2012 Greenspace Youth Conference. The environmental groups from 10 high schools learned that caribou and reindeer are actually the same species. They also learned about the need to protect the home forest of the Owl-Flinstone caribou in southeast Manitoba.
More than 10,000 Manitobans have already contacted the government, asking that woodland caribou be protected. Recently, both the federal and provincial governments stated that the caribou need more undisturbed habitat, and more of their home forest protected. Now we need to ensure that the government gets our message—that we want caribou forests protected!
Below you'll find more of the message that the students conveyed. Please use these points and write your own letter to Premier Greg Selinger and Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh.